Before I had Bean, I would hear moms talking about how much their young children talked.Â They’d say things like, “…And then little Johnny said he wanted to eat Goldfish for dinner!Â Can you imagine?!?!Â GOLDFISH for dinner?!?!”
Actually, yes, I could imagine Goldfish for dinner (and might have even served that exact meal to Bean once or twice when nothing else would suffice…).Â What I could not imagine was this babbling one-year-old kid saying sentences.Â Parents seemed to talk about their kids like they were prodigies – talking constantly! – but when I’d meet the kid…let’s just say “child prodigy” wasn’t the term that came to mind.
(That’s an envelope on his head, in case you were wondering.)
Now that I have Bean though, I’m starting to understand what that was all about.
Parents hear things that their kids say before anyone else understands them.Â I think that’s what keeps our children around until they turn 18 really.Â They need us to translate.Â What sounds like senseless babble to the untrained ear sounds like complete sentences of brilliance to a parent.
Let’s take Bean as an example.Â When Bean says, “Mo’!”Â There are several different options as to what he is saying.
Mooooooooo: (most frequently used) Â It means “more.”Â That’s what he says when he is hungry.
Momo:Â That’s me.Â Momma.
Mo:Â That would be NEmo.Â As in Finding Nemo, his favorite movie.
Moooan:Â That’s “mine.”Â This one is new.Â We’re not sure where he learned possession from, but he definitely knows what it means.
Bean has other words that you probably wouldn’t recognize unless you birthed him.Â Such as…
Baaaa – Bath
Waaa – Water
Nooooo – NoÂ (okay, so that one’s pretty obvious)
Booo – Book
Beah (pronounced “Beeeyah,” like he’s from New Jersey) – Mr. Bear
Baw – Ball
Ooonn (pronounced “ewn”) – Balloon
Awgaaa – All gone
Doooonnn – All done
Lewww – Lucy
Mowww – Molly
Rooooo – Roll ‘em up, always with hand movements (from Patty Cake; not sure why he chose this one phrase)
There.Â Now you all know another language.Â Bean Speak.Â We’ll have a pop quiz on this later this week.Â I hope you’re taking notes…